Summer is here with all of its heat and none of spring’s rain, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with family in the O.C. Orange County is known for being family oriented and continues to live up to its reputation, constantly adding fun options for everyone. The best spots to spend a summer day promise extras every kid will love, and a few parents won’t mind either.
500 W. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
Nothing beats a day at the park, especially with 14.84 acres of scenery and picnic tables. Arovista Park is the ideal spot for families looking to have a simple, fun day. Kids may enjoy the play area while parents delight in barbecue pits for cooking. Arovista Park is perfect for athletic families as the recreation-area features a soccer field, volleyball court and ball diamond. The park also has an amphitheater and concession stand that sells all sorts of goodies.
3200 Carpenter Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
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Miniature golf, laser tag and arcade games in one spot make Camelot Golfland one of the premiere fun zones in Orange County. Camelot offers more than 200 arcade games completely in sync with today’s technology, and several fields for mini golf games. The fun zone also features water slides outside that can be seen from miles away. Camelot offers large families and other groups packages that include food and games.
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
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Sports lovers tired of spending family time crowded around a television set should venture to Angel Stadium for a good old fashioned game of baseball. You and your family will get to see the game up close while enjoying stadium food and a day in the beautiful California sun. Ticket prices vary but can be as low as $8 for children and $12 for adults, so count on an inexpensive, fun day for the whole family at this area entity.
O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Price: $3 per vehicle Monday to Friday/$5 Saturday and Sunday
Bring the family together to bond and learn about nature on a camping trip in O’Neill Regional Park. Rancho San Margarita has one of the best camping grounds in the state with spaces for mobile homes and an area for tents. Situated in Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons, O’Neill Regional Park’s overflow of sycamore trees is simply breathtaking. A visit to the site is the perfect way for parents to convey lessons of environmental sustainability in a fun manner.
Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center
29 Santa Barbara Dr.
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Price: $5 for children/$7 for adults
Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center is the perfect family getaway with great swimming pools and a café for parents. Children may go nuts playing in the water while parents bask in the peace that comes with knowing that pools are clean and safe. The Aquatics Center is open to anyone, but Aliso Viejo residents get a $2 discount with proof of address. Visitors must present identification when claiming the residential discount.
Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found atExaminer.com.